Suture Errors and Scarring Risks

Suture Errors and Scarring Risks

After surgeries or while treating certain wounds, doctors and surgeons must stitch a patient’s skin or internal tissues back together to help them heal. This course of action is known as suturing. While suturing in necessary to help the healing course of action, suture errors can produce thorough, disfiguring scars and other complications.

Suturing Mistakes

After an operation or to treat a would, doctors may use two different types of sutures:

  • Absorbable. These sutures are for internal tissues and organs and are absorbed by the body over time.
  • Non-absorbable. These sutures are for external wounds in addition as serious internal cuts, such as for damage to the heart or the bladder. The body must be re-opened to remove these sutures at a later date.

Sutures are a necessary part to the healing course of action after a serious injury or a surgery. However, improper suturing can rule to serious negative effects, including infections, a re-opening of the wound, blood loss, and heavy scarring.

How Scars Form

Scarring is a natural healing reaction to wounds and injury. A scar is formed when the body experiences prolonged inflammation and the over-proliferation of fibroblasts and as a consequence, over-produces collagen. Scars differ depending on a variety of factors, including the age of the injured person, the kind of injury, and the location on the body. The extent of the initial damage is usually an indicator of how extensive the scar will be.

Abnormal Scar Types

Many different types of abnormal scars can form after an injury:

  • Hypertrophic. These scars usually form as red raised lumps on the skin. They occur when the body overproduces collagen.
  • Keloid. These scars are similar to hypertrophic scars, but are more serious because they can continue to grow into large, benign tumors. They can be caused by accidents, surgery, acne, body piercings, or may already form spontaneously in some people.
  • Atrophic. These types of scars appear as underwater pits or recesses in the skin. They are often caused by acne, diseases such as chickenpox, accidents, or surgery.
  • Stretch marks. These can be caused when skin is rapidly stretched during pregnancy, meaningful weight gain or loss, growth spurts, or as skin heals.

To learn more about suturing errors or other surgery complications, visit the website of the Pennsylvania surgical errors lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C.

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